Embakasi Explosion: Businessman Behind Illegal Gas Plant to Appear in Court

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Derrick Kimathi, a businessman implicated in Thursday’s gas explosion in Embakasi, is set to appear before a Magistrate at the Milimani Law Court.

Police moved Kimathi to Milimani shortly before noon on Tuesday following his arrest by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Detectives arrested the businessman alongside three officials of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), days after his lawyer denied his client’s knowledge of the gas operations.

Kimathi’s lawyer Sunday claimed that the LPG truck that exploded at his garage had trespassed without his knowledge.

The agency said it had established that Kimathi owned the illegal Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) refiling plant which operated without approval from the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).

DCI indicated that Kimathi had a manager identified as Stephen Kilonzo oversee operations at the site.

It identified arrested NEMA officials as David Ongare (Director Environment Compliance), Joseph Makau (Head Environmental Impact Assessment) and Mirrian Kioko.

DCI said five suspects remained at large.

“These include Stephen Kilonzo (the site manager), Ann Kabiri Mirungi of NEMA, Lynette Cheruyoit (NEMA’s Senior Environmental Officer), truck driver Robert Gitau and Abraham Mwangi (driver).”

DCI asked the public to report or share any information on the whereabouts of the suspects by contacting the toll-free hotline 0800722203 or reporting in person at any police station.

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